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Biology of Rhodococcus

  • Héctor M. Alvarez

Part of the Microbiology Monographs book series (MICROMONO, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Vartul Sangal, Michael Goodfellow, Amanda L. Jones, Robert J. Seviour, Iain C. Sutcliffe
    Pages 1-21
  3. Martina Cappelletti, Jessica Zampolli, Patrizia Di Gennaro, Davide Zannoni
    Pages 23-60
  4. Martín A. Hernández, Héctor M. Alvarez, Mariana P. Lanfranconi, Roxana A. Silva, O. Marisa Herrero, María Soledad Villalba
    Pages 61-85
  5. Nobuyuki Yoshida
    Pages 87-101
  6. Carla C. C. R. de Carvalho
    Pages 103-135
  7. Martina Cappelletti, Stefano Fedi, Davide Zannoni
    Pages 137-171
  8. Huimin Yu, Song Jiao, Miaomiao Wang, Youxiang Liang, Lingjun Tang
    Pages 173-202
  9. Shanshan Li, Ting Ma
    Pages 203-229
  10. Maria S. Kuyukina, Irena B. Ivshina
    Pages 231-270
  11. Maria S. Kuyukina, Irena B. Ivshina
    Pages 271-298
  12. Héctor M. Alvarez, Alexander Steinbüchel
    Pages 299-332
  13. Alessandro Presentato, Elena Piacenza, Martina Cappelletti, Raymond J. Turner
    Pages 333-357
  14. Isolde M. Francis, Danny Vereecke
    Pages 359-377
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 379-386

About this book


Rhodococcus, a metabolically versatile actinobacterium which is frequently found in the environment, has gained increasing interest due to its potential biotechnological applications. This Microbiology Monographs volume provides a thorough review of the various aspects of the biochemistry, physiology and genetics of the Genus Rhodococcus.

Following an overview of its taxonomy, chapters cover the structural aspects of rhodococcal cellular envelope, genomes and plasmids, metabolic and catabolic pathways, such as those of aromatic compounds, steroids and nitriles, and desulfurization pathways, as well as adaption to organic solvents. Further reviews discuss applications of Rhodococcus in the bioremediation of contaminated environments, in triacylglycerols accumulation, and in phytopathogenic strategies, as well as the potential of biosurfactants. In addition, properties of these bacteria to thrive and survive in oligotrophic environments are also discussed. A final chapter describes the sole pathogenic Rhodococcus member, R. equi.

This book is intended for undergraduate, graduate and postdoc researchers and students interested in a wide range of areas of knowledge related to the bacteria of the genus Rhodococcus. In addition, this work will be useful for professionals who work in companies related to biotechnology and commercial use of microorganisms.


Biotechnology Environment Genetics Metabolism Rhodococcus

Editors and affiliations

  • Héctor M. Alvarez
    • 1
  1. 1.INBIOP, Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco (UNPSJB) and CONICETComodoro RivadaviaArgentina

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